Micro-Indentation and Multi-Scale Simulations: A Powerful Combination for Unraveling the Material Secrets of Composite Coatings

Scientists have developed a powerful new approach to understand the material properties of composite coatings. This approach combines micro-indentation experiments with multi-scale simulations, providing a comprehensive understanding of the coating’s mechanical behavior.

Here’s how it works:

  • Micro-indentation: A small force is applied to the coating’s surface and the resulting indentation is measured. This provides insights into the coating’s hardness, stiffness, and elastic-plastic behavior.

  • Multi-scale simulations: Scientists use computer models to simulate the behavior of the coating at different length scales, from the individual nanoparticles to the entire coating layer.

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